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    Chicagoans Help

    My 7 y.o. son and I are taking an Amtrak trip from Nebraska to Pennsylvania later this summer, and we switch trains in Chicago. Our itinerary says we have a 3hr 50min layover; is that enough time to get from Union Station to the Willis tower and back? My son wants to check out the sky deck.

    I've never been to downtown Chicago and I have no idea if it's doable to walk to the building, get up there, and get back to the train station. Any info would be awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kv501 View Post
    My 7 y.o. son and I are taking an Amtrak trip from Nebraska to Pennsylvania later this summer, and we switch trains in Chicago. Our itinerary says we have a 3hr 50min layover; is that enough time to get from Union Station to the Willis tower and back? My son wants to check out the sky deck.

    I've never been to downtown Chicago and I have no idea if it's doable to walk to the building, get up there, and get back to the train station. Any info would be awesome.
    I'm not from Chicago, but Google Maps seems to think that it's a 5 minute walk across the Chicago River. Go to Google Maps and click on Directions. Start at Union Station, and your destination is Willis Tower. Both the Jackson and Canal locations point to the same building for Union Station.
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    Yes it's a very short walk... costs like $40/ person to go up top nowadays I believe.

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    According to http://theskydeck.com/ticketsshop/general-pricing/, tickets are $19 for adults and $12 for kids. $40 is if you want the Fastpass.

    "Fast Pass admission gives guests the option to bypass the interactive exhibits and the “Reaching For The Sky” theater presentation and be within 2-4 elevator rides from the Skydeck."

    There are other options on their website as well.
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    I swear they have some b.s. rules where sometimes you can only buy the fast pass. Like they operate only those elevators at times.

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    Once you get there, trick the engineer into releasing all the steam. It should take quite a long time to rebuild sufficient pressure in the boiler. This should give you the time you need to enjoy the exhibit.

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    Also, go to the Billy Goat tavern and try to order a coke.

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    You'll be really close as everyone says. Your vertical commute will be farther than your horizontal one if you go to the top.

    I used to get asked "where is the Sears tower" years ago when I worked in the loop, and people always got embarrassed when I told them to look up to find it if they got lost on their way over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidlyBrave View Post
    Also, go to the Billy Goat tavern and try to order a coke.
    And fries.

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